My standard method of germinating seed is what I call "the baggy method". It's my particular variation of an approach often used to check viability of seed, described by Norman Deno as the method used in his germination research, and employed by avid seedstarters the world over. An additional reference is a FAQ by the seed-starting community at GardenWeb. It's quite simple, really: enclose seeds within a folded dampened filter paper or other moist medium, place this in a zip-lock baggy, and wait for it to germinate. Well, there are some twists and turns, tips and techniques - I'll describe those on this page.